Sam McBratney; Illustrated by Anita Jeram
I think this book is considered a modern classic. In addition to winning numerous awards, more than twenty million copies have been sold worldwide. That just goes to show that these rabbits are adorable in any language. The original version is very sweet, but the pop-up version manages to top that. Amazingly enough, this new pop-up version is waaaaay better than its predecessor. I'm not sure it is possible to look through this book and walk away without buying it.
There are only two main characters: Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare. Their relationship is not specifically stated, but I have always assumed they are father and son. One night, just before bedtime, the little rabbit says to his dad "Guess how much I love you." He holds out his arms in each direction just as far as they will reach, but the big hare's arms have a much wider span. Little Nutbrown Hare tries several different ways to show his dad how big his love is - by stretching very tall, poking his toes out as far as he can, and hopping very high. But every time his dad manages to top him with the enormity of his love.
Readers can pull the tabs and open flaps that make the rabbits' arms fly out, stretch high in the air, and hop about. Even very small children will be able to manage the large flaps, some of which almost full page sized. It really is nearly impossible to overemphasize how wonderful this book is. A very sweet storyline, interactive, moving parts on every page, and the most adorable rabbits ever put to paper.
Review copy provided by Candlewick Press.